Nietzsche-"Philosophizing with a Hammer" Essay

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Running head: Nietzsche Header: Philosophy Name: University: Course: Tutor: Date: Nietzsche Philosophizing with a Hammer. In philosophizing with a hammer, Friedrich Nietzsche meant that the assortment of stories that constitute the dominant representations of life and our world. This philosophy is brought forth right in his last writing, Twilight of the idols which gives a clear indication of the polemic zing feeling of Nietzsche against Wagner, who composed the opera Twilight of the Gods (Nietzsche, 1996). This is why Nietzsche brings the…show more content…
Literally, the hammer is also an instrument of destruction. Referring to the biblical teachings in the Old Testament: specifically in the book of Leviticus 26:30 and the book of Ezekiel 6:6, we a repeatedly told how the people succumbed to the temptation of idolatry, hence idols has to be thrown down and destroyed. Once treated like this, some of them will collapse through the simple cause of touch of the turning fork, the unmasking diagnosis. However, majority of them will be tough and will be overcome only by a strenuous fight (Nietzsche, 1996). This is why Nietzsche calls his work a great declaration of war thus making his philosophy a war. Nietzsche fight to the idols is based on his age and according to him, they need to be fought and to be approached with violence because they are very strong and they rule with the power of obviousness. Therefore, Nietzsche has a belief in mind that those who begin to read his polemical philosophy will engage in a fight implying that the readers of his work will be the subject of his violent attacks. His claims are a preeminent way to be the type philosopher he gives in his description in beyond “Good and Evil” “a man tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, who has always found himself, and had to find himself, in a contradiction to his today: whose enemy was ever the ideal of today”. According to Nietzsche, the great wisdom of all spirits who have become too inward is war (Hollingdale,

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